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World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Vienna

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

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iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
viTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria). All
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Audio Guide
1.73km
Audio Guide
[order:1]Beethoven Walk
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Atlas Obscura 2021
1.11km
Neidhart Frescoes

Discover Neidhart Frescoes in Vienna, Austria: A glimpse into the festive and private lives of medieval Europe.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.22km
Justizcafe

Discover Justizcafe in Vienna, Austria: A rooftop restaurant hides in plain sight atop Vienna's Palace of Justice.

Brutalism 1969
5.52km
Maria Annunciation (Maria Verkündigung) Glanzing
Audio Guide
1.3km
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[order:8]Picnic Guide
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Audio Guide
0.75km
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[order:2]Ringstrasse Walk
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Atlas Obscura 2017
1.01km
Medieval Mural of a Wolf and Cow Playing Backgammon

A silly historic wall painting preserved on the side of a Viennese house.

Atlas Obscura 2019
5.85km
Flohmarkt Lager

Discover Flohmarkt Lager in Vienna, Austria: Inside the corridors of this flea market, visitors are sure to find some obscure and odd treasures.

Atlas Obscura 2018
1.77km
Palmenhaus

Dine amidst exotic plants at this former royal greenhouse.

Audio Guide 2013
1.18km
Audio Guide
Vienna – from medieval to modern with Tim Richards
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Atlas Obscura 2019
1.95km
Hofjagd und Rüstkammer

Discover Hofjagd und Rüstkammer in Vienna, Austria: A magnificent collection of imperial armor and weaponry.

Atlas Obscura 2017
2.11km
Vienna Sewer System

Discover Vienna Sewer System in Vienna, Austria: Vienna's underworld of tunnels and subterranean rivers made an iconic appearance in a 1949 Orson Welles film.

Audio Guide
3.91km
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[order:5]Red Vienna Guide
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Audio Guide
2.34km
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[order:7]Modern Architecture Guide
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Atlas Obscura 2019
3.51km
Austrian State Archives

Discover Austrian State Archives in Vienna, Austria: More than a millennium's worth of municipal records preserve the political history of Austria.

Atlas Obscura 2021
2.47km
Vollpension

Discover Vollpension in Vienna, Austria: Visiting this café is like visiting the Austrian grandma you wish you had.

Brutalism
3.19km
St. Johann Kapistran
Audio Guide
1.16km
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Getting around Landstraßer Haubtstraße
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Audio Guide
2.23km
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[order:3]Viennese Modernism Guide
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Audio Guide 2013
1.6km
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Vienna – walking at the heart of the Austrian Empire with Tim Richards
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Audio Guide
2.24km
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[order:6]Curious Museums Guide
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Brutalism 1959
2.12km
German Embassy Vienna
Audio Guide
1.62km
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[order:4]Tour of Sounds
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Audio Guide
1.84km
Audio Guide
Christmas markets Guide
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Brutalism 1962
5.68km
Glaubenskirche
Atlas Obscura 2020
1.03km
Römermuseum

Discover Römermuseum in Vienna, Austria: This museum is dedicated to the little known ancient Roman history of Vienna.

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.25km
Vienna’s Diversity-Themed Traffic Lights

The "Ampelparchen" were inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest.

Audio Guide
1.82km
Audio Guide
Tour trough Vienna
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Atlas Obscura 2017
0.44km
Supersense

Discover Supersense in Vienna, Austria: A neo-Gothic mansion now houses a wunderkammer of analog tech that hits on all the senses.

Place
1.18km
Vienna
Atlas Obscura 2019
8.74km
Gugumuck Wiener Schneckenmanufaktur

Discover Gugumuck Wiener Schneckenmanufaktur in Vienna, Austria: An IT-specialist-turned-farmer reintroduces an Austrian food tradition while promoting snails as a sustainable "future food" option.

World Heritage Site 1996
6.17km
Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its…